ICG Commissions “Sarathi” the Offshore Patrolling Vessel [ Current Affairs ]
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have commissioned “Sarathi” the well-equipped offshore patrolling (OPV) vessel at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) shipyard at Vasco, south Goa.
- “Sarathi” is the third vessel of six OPVs series constructed and designed by GSL for Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
- It is the largest (105 meter) and most advanced new generation off-shore patrol vessel.
- It has includes advanced EW and electronic systems and guns, other equipment’s are:
- Integrated bridge system
- Power management system
- Integrated machinery control system
- High power external firefighting system
- Sarathi has a state-of-the-art propulsion system which will increase the vessel speed up to 25 knots.
- It has capacity to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high speed boats.
- The vessel will be jonnie the coast guard fleet at Kochi, Kerala.
- It will also use for surveillance and to safeguard the maritime interests of the country.
- This will be very helpful for coast guard to meet the increasing requirement of policing and patrolling of the India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
About Indian Coast Guard:
- The Indian Coast Guard shortly called as ICG protects India’s naval securities and administers naval law.
- It was legally established on 18th August 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India as an independent armed force of India.
- It fulfils its responsibility with authority over the regional waters of India including its neighboring zone and private commercial zone.
- It works under the Ministry of Defence.
- The Coast Guard works in close cooperation with:
- The Indian Navy
- The Department of Fisheries
- The Department of Revenue
- Central and State police forces
- Published on: September 12, 2016